"Fleeing a claustrophobic life in a New York City theater that shelters mythological monsters from trolls to Medusa herself, Boy—the 17-year-old son of Frankenstein’s monster—seeks self-understanding and an identity in contemporary America. Pursued by Viral Intelligence, or VI, a computer virus Boy created that seeks his love, he finds a traveling companion in Claire/Sophie, the granddaughter of Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. Their shared experiences and her revelation of a tortured past lead Boy to evolve from self-pity to compassion in this tumultuous tale of attachment and growth from Skovron (Misfit). The abundance of nonhuman characters and Boy’s search for answers underscore pointed references to yet another literary influence—The Wizard of Oz—and the fiery interactions between Boy and Claire/Sophie keep the tone light. The efforts of Skovron’s hero to fit in with the world, as well as his lack of control over his own life, appeal directly to teenage angst, and Skovron resolves the VI dilemma in a way that suggests a union between creators and that which they create. Ages 12–up."
Kirkus Reviews says:
How do you circumvent the same, boring fate as your famous monster parents? Run away from home and launch a maniacal computer virus that might possibly annihilate human- and monster-kind. Oops.
Seventeen-year-old Boy’s name is mundane, but his life isn’t. With his celebrity parents (Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride of), he lives among a merry band of monsters and mythical creatures in catacombs beneath Times Square. Under the guise of a theater troupe, they perform a popular creature-feature show, their human audience blissfully unaware that the stage is populated by bona fide trolls, sirens and an egomaniacal gorgon. With their mostly scientific origins, Boy and his parents aren’t fully accepted by the 100-percent myth-and-magic creatures in their commune. So rather than endure segregation—and the life his parents planned for him—Boy runs away. Tech-savvy Boy’s plan to leave his stamp on the world backfires when the computer virus he engineers goes rogue, the troll he loves goes feral and returning home means facing parental wrath. From naiad to minotaur, the straight characters, gay characters, jerks, bitches, buddies and one major diva are fleshed out, not merely relying upon their exteriors for interest. And as Boy’s journey takes him from the tri-state area to the West Coast, each locale rings with well-researched authenticity.
A comically creepy coming-of-age road trip stitched together with action, romance, sex, combat and a couple of bootleg cocktails. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
I especially like that last bit, there.
The review is posted here on their site, but it's behind a pay wall, so unless you have a subscription, you won't be able to read it.
Great news! Misfit, my 2011 novel published by Amulet, has been nominated for the 2011 CBS Kindred Award (for an outstanding speculative fiction work dealing with race, ethnicity, and culture).
People! An award named in honor of Octavia Butler’s landmark novel, Kindred! So cool!
About the Carl Brandon Society: As speculative fiction increases in diversity, the Carl Brandon Society hopes to raise awareness of issues of race, ethnicity and culture within this genre we all love, fostering a needed dialogue. We want to promote inclusivity in across the range of genre – embracing fans and pros – and celebrate the accomplishments of people of color within the community. Our membership is open to all ethnicities. Visit us at http://carlbrandon.org
The official announcement that I’ll be at the Austin Teen Book Festival on Sept 29th! I was there a few years ago and it was such a blast and I met so many awesome people there. I can’t wait to go back and make an even bigger ass of myself than I did last time!
Anyway, here’s a short interview with me. If you’re dying to know who I’d bring back from the dead, who my best vocal impressions are, or who my favorite cowboy is, click on through.